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Some of the heavyweights of Swedish racing have made the journey to Norway this weekend as the Scandinavian circuit kicks off with top group racing at Klosterskogen. The meeting is on Saturday is highlighted by the UET Masters Series Klosterskogen Grand Prix over 2100m for a purse of 74,000 euros, one of two group two races to be run, drawing highly competitive international fields. Lutfi Kolgjini's Mosaique Face is the current European Derby and Swedish Derby champion. The stallion son of Classic Photo made his season debut on the 4th of the month running fourth at Mantorp, so will be better for this. Erik Lindegren's Francais du Gull has been in very impressive form lately having won a V75 gold division heat last month and also run second at Momarken, here in Norway, earlier in the year. He won't be meeting the likes of Sanity and Raja Mirchi here as he did last start in the V75 final. These two have the early favouritism in the markets with US import I'm The Answer, a Credit Winner trained by local trainer Frode Hamre Another local hero Thai Broadway is also heavily supported with the only other in the market being Italian-bred Oasis Bi who is now in Sweden with Stefan Petterson and will have champion Swedish driver Bjorn Goop in the cart. The second race of note is the NO Habibs Minneløp, a group two for 4YOs over 2100m, a 200,000NOK (24,175 euros) which has drawn a strong Scandinavian field led by even money favourite Becky's Serious a Staro Showbiz stallion from the local barn of Vidar Holmlund. Frode Hamre has another with a chance here in Mucsles Yankee colt Mustoyevsky who will have Per Oleg Midtfjeld in the cart. Kolgjini never travels with a bad horse and Dante Boko is a colt by boom Swedish sire Going Kronos and is sure to be prominent here. KLOSTERSKOGEN GRAND PRIX Klosterskogen 2  19/04/14 UET Masters Series  Group II  Int  2100 3-12 74 000e 1         Francais du Gull (h   Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr:   Erik Lindegren  Tr:  Erik Lindegren     2100        2          Mosaique Face (h   Classic Photo - Iona L.B. )  Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini     2100         3         Tourbillon (v   Ganymede - Inlaid Pine)  Dr:  Åsbjörn Tengsareid Tr:   Åsbjörn Tengsareid    2100        4         I'm The Answer (h   Credit Winner - Southwind Flanders)  Dr:  Vidar Hop  Tr:  Frode Hamre     2100        5          Oasis B   (h   Toss Out - Up Front Jm)   Dr: Björn Goop   Tr: Stefan P Pettersson     2100        6          Thai Broadway (h   Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick)   Dr: Gunnar Austevoll Tr:   Trond Anderssen     2100        7         Premance Simoni (s   S J's Photo - Amance Höjgård)   Dr: Bo Westergård  Tr:  Bo Westergård     2100        8         Lord Capar (h   Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy)   Dr: Thomas Dalborg  Tr:  Mats Karlsson     2100        9         Broadway Legs (h   Broadway Hall - Classical Flirt)   Dr: Frode Hamre   Tr: Frode Hamre     2100        10         Orali (h   Great Challenger - Action Elpin)   Dr:  Jeppe Juel   Tr:  Jeppe Juel     2100        HABIBS MINNELØP Group II  Int  4YOS 2100m  24,175 euros 1         Mustoyevsky (h   Muscles Yankee - Olympic Cheers)   Dr: Per Oleg Midtfjeld  Tr:  Frode Hamre         2         Tano Bork (h   Great Challenger - Frederikke Bork)   Dr: Christian Lindhardt   Tr: Christian Lindhardt       3         Shocking Icon (h   Whitesand Titan - Bernadette's Cat)   Dr: Kai Johansen  Tr:  Anders L Wolden       4         Becky's Serious (h   Staro Showbiz - Bella Coal)   Dr: Eirik Höitomt   Tr: Vidar Holmlund             5         Dante Boko (h   Going Kronos - Margherita Rosa)  Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini          6         Talking Story (h   Majestic Son - R. First Inquirer)   Dr: Torgeir Hagmann  Tr:  Torgeir Hagmann       7         Glad Hall T. (s   Boardwalk Hall - Glad Suit)   Dr: Björn Garberg   Tr: Björn Garberg           8         Duke of Greenwood (h   Otello Pierji - Nikki Groenhof)   Dr: Hugo Langeweg J:r   Tr: Peter Strooper          9         Boys Going In (h   Going Kronos - Namura)   Dr: Björn Goop   Tr: Fredrik Persson          10         Bullish U.S. (v   Cantab Hall - Upmarket Hanover)   Dr: Frode Hamre   Tr: Frode Hamre by David Sanders, for

The incomparable Mack Grace SM heads a strong field for the 110,000 euro Gran Premio Societa Campo Mirafiori, an Italian national group one for horses 5years and older at Turin on Sunday. It is the champion stallion's first appearance since he made a cameo appearance in the Prix d'Amerique at Vincennes, which was, as expected a good deal too far for the Italian speedster, who is all but invincible at home at distances under 2100m. To date the Antonio Porzio-trained son of unheralded US export CC's Chuckie T and Ambro Grace has amassed 1,286,719 euros following 46 victories from 92 attempts which included an amazing 17 out of 18 prior to his Prix d'Amerique failure. Indeed, he had a stellar 2013, in which he won 11 group races last year including six at group one level including the Grand Slam jewel Lotteria di Agnano final for the second time. But all his major wins have been at home, although with his record over multiple heat races on the same day, you would think a race like Sweden's Elitloppet would be right up his ally. This is a superb field for this year's renewal of the Turin classic, with top French trainers Fabrice Souloy (Marielles) and Thierry Duvaldestin (Pascia' Lest) fronting up with their Italian-bred charges which are now trained from their Normandy bases. Marielles won the group one Gran Premio Nazioni on this track in November, beating French champ Timoko and has been competing in France during the Winter Meeting, where she picked up several decent checks, including one for third in the prestigious Prix de Bourbonnais. She also raced under saddle in the World Championship for monte, the Prix du Cornullier, although she galloped. Pascia' Lest, a former Italian Derby winner, is coming off some super form in France, where he ran second to Univers de Pan in the Grand Criterium Nice-Matin in early March. The son of Varenne also ran third twice in French group twos at Vincennes in the just completed Winter Meeting, which speaks volumes for his potential ability at the very highest level. Napolean Bar is another with more than half a million euros in winnings from 12 wins from 42 starts, including six at group level. This son of Varenne was second in last year's Lotteria final and also has some very credible French form with a group two runners-up and a fifth placing in the Criterium Continental , the year it was won by French superstar Timoko (2011). He has just come back from a brief excursion to France, but was second in his last Italian start, to none other than Mack Grace SM. The other with perhaps a chance in this is Cantab Hall stallion Owen CR, another with French experience, a winner of seven of his 42 start, 4 at group level for 537,219 euros with an uncanny ability to get in the money in the big races. He won the GP Giorgio Jegher last year, which although his only win in 2013 was one of 11 top three placings including eight runners-up checks. GRAN PREMIO SOCIETA CAMPO MIRAFIORI Turin, Italy 2014-04-06 Group 1 Nat 1600m  110 000 euros 1 Owen Cr (h Cantab Hall - Boemia Cr) Dr: Pietro Gubellini Tr: Pietro 2 Marielles (m Kick Tail - Egida Play) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 3 Napoleon Bar (h Varenne - Dalmazia) Dr: Giampaolo Minnucci Tr: Catello Savarese 4 Mack Grace Sm (h CC's Chuckie T - Ambro Grace Sm) Dr: Roberto Andreghetti Tr: Antonio Porzio 1 5 Pascia' Lest (h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Enrico Bellei Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 6 Orione Degli Dei (g Conway Hall - Elissa Dei) Dr: Mauro Baroncini Tr: Mauro Baroncini 7 Probo Op (h From Above - Elimara) Dr: Edoardo Moni T Tr: eam Moni 8 Oibambam Effe {m Classic Photo - Etna Sec) Dr: Andrea Guzzinati Tr: Salvatore Carro 9 Newyork Newyork (h Supergill - Viola d'Amore) Dr: Lorenzo Baldi Tr: Lorenzo Baldi 10 Pace del Rio (h Varenne - Urbem d'Asolo) Dr: Santo Mollo Tr: Santo Mollo by David Sanders, for

Anticipating Sunday's 1609 meters autostart (one mile) Gr. I Grand Criterium de Vitesse, sprinters have emerged at Cagnes sur mer to contest mile distance events. Today three such races took place with two won by Italy's invaders Oronte di Cesato in 1.11.9kr in the Prix de Bologne and Onorio in the Prix de Pise timed in 1.11.7. The other sprinter race, the Prix de Naples, went to Quezio de Cayola in 1.13.2 as that veteran defeated a group of claimers in the Prix de Naples. March 7, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Bologne, 25,000e, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.11.9kr (1:55.68) 1st Oronte di Cesato (6m Allison Hollow-Enzaran-Lurabo Blue), Roberto Andreghetti, 1.9/1 favorite, 20th career win for 93,815e lifetime earned, (Italy) 2nd Okay Dei Ronchi (6g From Above-Filu of Brown-Lemon Dra), Eduardo Baldi, 7.3/1, (Italy) 3rd Only One Glory (6m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar-Indro Park), Eduardo Moni, 30/1, (Italy) March 7, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Naples, 16,000e, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.13.2kr (1:57.83) 1st Quezio de Cayola (10g Cezio Josselyn-Deesse du Plessis-Sebrazac), Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer/owner Benjamin Goetz, 5.1/1, his 13th win for 318,348e in lifetime earnings. 2nd Quiet du Chene (10g Horse du Chene-Flo du Chene-Florestan), Yannick A. Briand up, 2/1 odds 3rd Sam Turgot (8m Look de Star-Kalinka d'Arbaz-Tarass Boulba), Lorenzo Baldi up, 82/1 4th Quoriace Stop (10m Horse du Chene-Herado Chene-Nobody de Retz), Jean-Christophe Sorel up for owner/trainer Anders Lindqvist, 54/1 March 7, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Pise, 25,000e, females, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starters 1.11.7kr (1:55.40) 1st Onoria (6f Pine Chip-Noega-Ghendero), Andrea Forolfi up, 1.7/1, (Italy), her 22nd victory for 91,394e earnings 2nd Olivia di Casei (6f Love You-Zinia di Casei-Lemon Dra), 21/1, (Italy), Andrea Guzzinati up 3rd Orki Dea Dus (6f Conway Hall-Antartide Dus), Enrico Bellei up, 3.5/1, (Italy) 4th Open (6f Uronometro-Zufola), Dominik Locqueneux up, 20/1, (Italy) At Gelsenkirchen in the Prix de la Cote d'Azur, Robin Bakker piloted the Paul Hagoort trained Diamond to victory. The gelded son of Classic Photo, from the Yankee Glide mare Gala dei Bessi, scored in 1.14.9kr over 2000 meters autostart. The top three finishers represented Holland. March 7, 2014 Gelsenkirchen, Prix de la Cote d'Azur, 7,000e, 2000 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.14.9kr 1st Diamond (4g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi-Yankee Glide), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort trainer, 2.5/1 (Holland), fourth career win for 12,200e 2nd Crazy Lover (5g Ufo Kievitshof-Kathleen Dragon-Super Way), Robbin Bot, 10/1 (Holland) 3rd Dream Well (4f Love You-Resi Bes), Rudolf Pools up, 11/1 (Holland) Gelsenkirchen, Germany by Thomas H. Hicks for  

Pompano Beach, FL...March 5, 2014...Pure Barre, the only mare in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot, took top honors on Wednesday after getting picture perfect rating from driver Mickey McNichol. The six year-old daughter of Classic Photo, owned and trained by Tom Gonsalves, scored by three parts of a length over the late surging Jolene's Pinehonker, driven by Mark O'Mara. Photo King and Rick Plano, skimmed the pylons the entire route to finish third while My Revenuer, trotting the fastest final panel in thee field--:27.4--finished fourth, edging out Andover America for the nickel in the field of six. Pure Barre was on the engine early, assuming command from Andover America midway through the first turn and took the field to the quarter in :28. With no challenges during the next panel, McNichol lolly-gagged through the second quarter in :30 and, still, no challenges materialized until the final turn when Andover America left the pocket but could no closer than 3/4s of a length away through a third quarter in :28.2. Turning for home, favored Jolene's Pinehonker tilted out widest of all with Photo King on the inside but Purse Barre sprinted home in :28.1 to seal the deal. In a post race interview, McNichol said, "...anytime this mare gets away with a half in :58, you know she is going to be tough...and she was tough tonight. She's a very game thing and can finish a mile as good as she starts a mile. Tonight kind of proved that point." For Pure Barre, it was her fourth victory in six starts this year, sending her earnings to $25,280. The win also sent her lifetime bounty over the $200,000 mark--now at $204,145. As second choice on the tote-board at 8 to 5, Pure Barre returned $5.20. The Open 2 Trot went to Ed Hensley's Jesses Jo, who, after losing his second over cover on the backside due to a breaker in front of him, made a monster brush to the lead during a :28.1 third quarter--his :27.2--and scored in 1:55.1. The seven year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse won for the second time this year--and 20th lifetime--to send his career bankroll to $225,918. Iron Will (Simon Allard) finished second two lengths away while Glittering Muscles (Bryce Fenn) finished third. Dream Lake and Blushing Hanover also picked up checks in the field of eight. As the 3 to 2 favorite, Jessesjo paid $5.00 to win. by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 5, 2014...Not even a three inch deluge of rain could dampen the festive aura at Pompano Park on Wednesday night as the South Florida track celebrated its 50th anniversary.   Besides the appearance of hockey's Florida Panthers cheerleaders, the track was well garnished with the appearances of several drivers who appeared during the track's inaugural season in 1964, including, Lucien Fontaine, Tom Merriman, Dick Macomber, Lou Rapone and Bill Popfinger.   On the racing side of the ledger, the gallant mare Pure Barre, given a great drive by Mickey McNichol, took top honors in the $11,000 Open Trot, scoring a game victory in 1:54.3 over a track dulled by a second or two by the aforementioned rain measuring close to three inches in just 90 minutes.   McNichol sent the six year-old daughter of Classic Photo out sharply from the six post and was smart enough to let the dust--or, in this case, mud--settle early and nestle in the fourth spot during an opening quarter of :27.1 as She's All In (Rick Plano), House Money (Wally Hennessey) and Lugar (Kevin Wallis) were lines up one-two-three. Right then, Pure Barre was sent charging and she brushed up to take the lead heading into turn two and proceed to the half in :56.2.   On the backside, Jessesjo, with Ed Hensley handling the lines, was on the move from fifth and that one brushed alongside Pure Barre and stuck his head in front just short of the third marker timed in 1:25. In the lane, Pure Barre responded to McNichol's touch and put away Jessiesjo and then held off the late surging Dutchess Seelster (George Napolitano, Jr.) to score by 1 3/4 lengths. She's All In did finish third while House Money edged out Lugar for the fourth spot in the field of 10.   In a post race interview, driver McNichol said, "...this is a very brave mare. This isn't the first time she's been headed and then come back to win. When she's threatened, she just seems to dig in. She has a great quality about her...and that is the will to win!"   Pure Barre, owned and trained by Tom Gonsalves, now sports a 2-2-0 scorecard in four starts this year, good for $15,000. She's banked $193,865 lifetime.   The Pompano Park legends of a half century past provided some lively chatter for the festive crowd.   Lucien Fontaine, the newest Hall of Fame inductee of the Florida Chapter of USHWA, recalled the opening night back in 1964 when he drove Music Box to victory after spotting the field "15-20 lengths" at the start due to a break--that mile timed in 2:11.2. Of course, Fontaine has handled many of the sport's greatest stars including the sensational Forrest Skipper.   Tom Merriman, author of three million dollar horses--Civil Action, Monte Hall and Energy Burner--recalled the trotter with whom he won on the track's official opening night, February 6, 1964. "That would be Laverne Scott," he said, "but let's not forget Philip Brian, Buster Magoo, High Voltage or Miss Becky Pick...just to name a few." Merriman is still active today, helping Greg Wright train some of his youngsters.   Dick Macomber, who trained and drove greats like Trim The Tree and Milynn Hanover, recalled the early days of Pompano Park when the 2:00 mile was a rarity--"I don't think we had any for the first couple of seasons," he said. (Eds note: We didn't!)   Lou Rapone, still active in the sport as a trainer at age 88, has been in harness racing for over three-quarters of a century, having started as a caretaker for Mark Kyler at the age of 12 or 13. Rapone was one of the original 20 members of the 1,000 win club and handled such stars as J. H.Primrose, Pole Adios and Jimmy Norman.   Bill "Showbiz" Popfinger recalled his opening season wins at Pompano Park with Awol and Nevele Honeytime, among others. Popfinger, of course, has handled many champions, including 1978 Jug winner Happy Escort, Happy Motoring, Praised Dignity, Lady B Fast, Kassa Branca, Cue Light and A'Nutter Butter, to name a few.   All in all, it was a festive occasion precluding Pompano Park's $20,000 Championship Driver's Challenge which begins Sunday, February 9 and runs through mid-March.   by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 17, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and Trot who all RSVP'd in time--were won by odds-on favorite Economy Terror (Mark MacDonald, $3.80) and second-up Zooming (Tyler Buter, $14.60). As the 9-10 favorite, Economy Terror--from post position No. 7--was the line leaver. She easily worked around pole-sitting palm Patrol (Larry Stalbaum) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. From there, it was a cheap (:57.1) half before Ramalama (Matt Kakaley) moved from sixth. That one provided just mild prompting in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, with Economy Terror widening to 2¼ lengths turning for home. The final margin was a length in 1:54. Ramalama fought the good fight and was the best of the rest, with Palm Patrol, last week's winner, Ideal in Vegas (Brian Sears) and Rockaround Sue (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the payees. For millionairess Economy Terror, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror co-owned by Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor & Edwin Gold and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $9.10, with the triple returning $55.50. The week's marquee trot had some early happenstance, as Super Manning (Kakaley), then slight 2-1 favorite Likeabatoutahell (Sears) both did the dance of the doomed. Lorenzo Dream (Eric Goodell) had made the lead, with early intervals of :27.4 and 57.4. Son of Nordic (George Brennan) was pocketed, while Bob N Tony (MacDonald) was away third. War Cry Hall (Jason Bartlett) offered a stern challenge uncovered from fourth, with Zooming--from post No. 7--behind that one. Lorenzo Dream maintained and short advantage in and out of a 1:26.4 three-quarters, but his longshot intruder would not go away. War Cry Hall would win the battle against the leader early in the lane, but Zooming was going by. He whipped his tow going away, the final margin a length-and-half in 1:55.4 Melady's Monet (Dan Dube) closed to grab the bottom of the ticket, with Bob N Tony and a tiring "Lorenzo" settling for the remainder. For fifth choice Zooming, a 6-year-old Classic Photo gelding co-owned his driver, Stephen Oldford and Oldford Farms and trained by Amber Buter, it was his first win in a pair of '14 tries. The exacta paid $132.50, the triple returned $640 and the superfecta paid $7,703. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 2, 2013...Pure Barre, the only mare in the field, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on New Year's night, kicking off the new year with a splendid 1:54 lifetime equalling best performance.   The six year-old daughter of Classic Photo, handled by Mickey McNichol for owner-trainer Tom Gonsalves, took command after a very brief tussle for supremacy early and wired together panels of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.3 en route to her three length triumph over the late charging Jolenes Pinehonker (Mark O'Mara). Keystone Thomas, prominent throughout the mile, finished third for Joe Pavia, Jr. while Jessesjo and Mr. Web Page earned the final two awards in the field of seven. Favored Andover America, off at 8 to 5 on the board, couldn't overcome the handicap of his outside post and finished sixth.   After a nine win campaign last year and $93,405 in earnings, Pure Barre won for the 16th time in her career, only feeling pressure around the final turn when Jesses Jo and driver Ed Hensley brushed alongside and actually into a narrow lead. That lead, though, was short-lived as Pure Barre fought back to reclaim the top spot at the top of the lane, widening her advantage to the wire.   After the race, McNichol said, "...she's been racing good right along and she won a couple of times recently on the front so I decided I'd try that strategy again...and it worked. I tried to rate her a bit after getting to the top and that second quarter breather of :29 and change really helped her. She's a classy mare and Tom (trainer Gonsalves) always has done a good job with her."   As second choice in the betting, Pure Barre paid $5.80 to win.   The Open 2 Trot went to HP Forte, driven by Mark O'Mara.   The nine year-old son of Muscles Yankee, sent off as the 4 to 5 tote board favorite, had a picture perfect journey, tilting to the far outside from third turning for home and mowing down the pacesetting Blomqvist (Bruce Ranger) to score by two lengths in 1:54.1, a new lifetime best.   Illusionsndreams (Andy Santeramo) was third while She's All In and B C Lulu completed the top five in the field of nine.   Owned by Mel Schmucker along with Paul Johnson and trainer-driver O'Mara, HP Forte won for the 12th time in his career.   He paid $3.80 to win.   The Open 3 Trot went to Dale Gilmour's Adenium with Matt Romano in the sulky.   The eight year-old altered son of Revenue S got a picture perfect journey and just did get by the favorite, I Love New York (Jason Dillander), to score by a neck in 1:55.   Spring Goal (Rick Plano) rallied for third while Gale Warning finished fourth. House Money picked up the nickel in the nine horse field.   Adenium won for the 15th time in his career to send his lifetime bounty close to $150,000 and returned $7.60 to win as second choice on the board.   Finally, in the Open 4 Trot, Steve Stabile's Thekeptman, driven by Andy Santeramo, used a late rally to edge by Surface Tension in the final few strides to score a neck decision in 1:56, a lifetime best performance.   The eight year-old gelded son of S J's Photo, a $53,066 winner last season, kicked off the new year by sending his career earnings to $148,994 with this win, his 12th lifetime.   Blushing Hanover (McNichol) was third in the mile followed by Undercover Bro and Mr McRail.   As second choice in the betting, Thekeptman returned $7.20 to his followers.   Racing resumes Saturday night with a 7:05 post time with the feature race the Open Handicap Pace.   Prairie Jaguar, a 1:49 winner last week, looks to defend his new crown but will have to overcome the handicap of the outside eight post.   by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park        

On a sensational card at Napoli's Ippodromo di Agnano, pacesetter Princess Grif (4f Varenne-Fauvre Grif-Viking Kronos) captured the prestigious Gr. I Gran Premio Tino Triossi (2100 meters autostart, 209,000 euro purse) for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti and owner Allevamento IL Grifone SRL. She scored over Papadreu (4f Abano As-Capucine-Sugarcane Hanover) handled by Enrico Bellei. One of the favorites, 2/1 Prussia (4f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) battled the pacesetter mid-race until top of stretch when she gave way after an aggressive drive by Pietro Gubellini. Pioneer Gar (4f Varenne-Follia-Pine Chip) ended fourth for Roberto Vecchione after getting a perfect two-hole journey. Princess Grif was the 3/2 favorite in the contest that was widely carried on simulcast wagering networks throughout Europe as she recorded a sharp 1.12.4kr score over the 1-5/16 mile course. The Gr. II Royal Mares (1600 meters autostart, 45,100 euro purse) went to the superb mare Orsia (5f Angus Hall-Tigre OM-Zebu) in 1.12.6kr for Roberto Vecchione. The Scuderia Sant Andrea SRL owned stalwart increased her career earnings to 391,000 euro as she defeated Oibambam Effe (5f Classic Photo-Etna Sec-Viking Kronos) and Andrea Guzzanati at the reins. Mururoa As (7f Lemon Dra-Jade's Tiara-Crysta's Crown) ended third for G-P Maisto. The winner's time was only two-tenths off the race record held by Linda di Casei. Elimination #2 of the Derby (2100 meters autostart, 22,000 euro purse) ended in a comfortable 1.12.9kr score for highly favored Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) with Robin Bakker aboard for trainer Paul Hagoout. The "awesome" trotting winner is owned by Allevamento G. Biasuzzi and may be the favorite for the Derby Final on December 26. Rotary OK (3m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) was second for Marco Smorgon and third went to Royal Blessed (3m Varenne-Ivory Kronos-Viking Kronos) with teamster Lorenzo Baldi. The Lou Guida owned, Jerry Riordan trained Raise Wise As (by Donato Hanover) was fifth reined by Enrico Bellei. Italian Derby Elimination #3 (2100 meters autostart, 22,000 euro purse) went to Red Baron (3m Majestic Son-Check and Balance-Balanced Image) in 1.13.5kr for owner Pella Matteo and reinsman Federico Esposito. He received the benefit of a Riordan stable battle. Rod Stewart (3m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane), parked by stablemate and filly Rossella Ross, was a game second for trainer Jerry Riordan with Enrico Bellei up. The second dam of this one is Desdemona Hanover (Super Bowl-Descent). Ruty Grif (3m Varenne-Correr By Pass-Donerail) finished third for G-P Maisto ahead of the other Riordan trainee Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Balanced Image) in rein to Roberto Andreghetti. She set the pace and weakened late after taking a toll on Rod Stewart. Along with first batteria winner Re Degli Dei (pictured below) the Derby looks to be a competitive affair where racing luck might be a factor in the end result. The final graded event on the outstanding card today was the Gr. II Gran Premio Carena (1600 meters autostart, 55,000 euro purse, four year-old mares) and it went to Peace of Mind (4f Uronometro-Efrica d'Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) in 1.12.8kr for Andrea Guzzinati and owner Cecchi Leonardo. Close second went to Priscilla Zak (4f Varenne-Flute Grif-SJs Photo) with third to Petra Inn Ronco (4f Cantab Hall-Cynthia del Ronco-Sugarcane Hanover) in a blanket finish in which the top five were clocked in 1.12.9kr or better. Petra Axe (4f Daguet Rapide-Image Deimar-Indro Park) finished fourth ahead of Panthea Club (4f Revenue-Alidora-Probe). by Thomas H. Hicks for            Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.        

Pompano Beach, FL...December 4, 2013...GT Miss Royal captured the $12,500 Final of the Success Cameo Late Closer at Pompano Park on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in 1:53.3.   The 10 year-old daughter of Pilgrims Punch was driven to her half length victory by Jason Dillander, who was in the bike for trainer Fred Cohen and owner Ryan Bellamy.   To Tell The Truth, handled by Rick Plano, finished second while Tip N Go was third for Wally Hennessey. Slickety Split and Foxy Ginger earned the final two awards.   It was Tip N Go that was on the bullet train first and she took the field to the quarter in a sharp :26.4 with To Tell The Truth and Harlem Rockturne, also showing gate speed from post eight, next in line. Plano then made a quarter move to the top and took the field halfway through the mile in :56.1 with Powdered Donut On The Attack and Tip N Go enjoying a garden journey in third.   As they straightened away for the backstretch tour, GT Miss Royal was on the move from fifth but was forced into a three wide move as her cover faltered. To Tell The Truth used her muscle to take the field past 3/4s in 1:24.1 and actually forced GT Miss Royal back towards the inside turning for home.   In mid-stretch, it looked like To Tell The Truth was home free but GT Miss Royal exploded by in the final yards to reach the winner's for the 30th time in her career--but only the third time this year.   After the race, Dillander said, "I thought we were pretty much going for the minors when we turned for home but she got a second wind and blew by late. She gave me a good hint in her last start when she finished second but I really didn't think we were going to catch the leader, especially after that three wide move around the final turn."   GT MIss Royal was second choice in the wagering--narrowly--and paid $11.40 to win.   In the $10,000 Open Trot Pure Barre, handled by Kevin Wallis, took the top honors, hitting the wire in a new lifetime mark of 1:54. The 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Andover America, was second for Bruce Ranger while She's All in and Rick Plano teamed up for show honors. Lugar was fourth in the mile while Illusionsndreams picked up the nickel.   Pure Barre, a five year-old daughter of Classic Photo went up to take the lead past the quick :27 opener and led, virtually, the rest of the way, clocking fractions of :56 and 1:24.3, although she was headed for a few steps past the third station in 1:24.3 by I'll Tell You What, who eventually finished sixth.   After repelling that bid, she actually drew off at the end of the mile, scoring by 1 3/4 lengths. Pure Barre's win was the ninth of the year for owner-trainer Tom Gonsalves and sent her 2013 bounty to $90,405.   She paid $11.60 as the third choice on the board.   The Open 2 Trot went to CJ's Rascal, owned by Hauck's Racing Stable.   The six year-old altered son of CJ's Secret, stepped up a notch after a win in Open 3 company a week ago to score in 1:56.1 over HP Forte (Mark O'Mara) and Mr Joe Sixpack (Kevin Wallis). Permanent Joy and Surface Tension rounded out the top five in the field of eight.   CJ's Rascal won for the sixth time this year to send his 2013 bounty to $58,488.   The Open 3 Trot proved to be the first half of a "natural double" for trainer Don Glowacki as thee game seven year-old mare Dutchess Seelster, driven by Wally Hennessey, held on for dear life to score a nose decision over B C Lulu and Rock Plano in 1:55. Thekeptman and Andy Santeramo were also in the photograph and only a neck away from the winner's circle.   Owned by John Campagnuolo, Dutchess Seelster won for the 25th time in her career--fifth this year--to send her lifetime earnings to $247,463.   She paid $7.40 to win.   Glowacki completed his feat when Robert Law's Seton Hall, driven by Rick Plano, scored in a lifetime equalling best effort of 1:52.3 for his 54th lifetime win in 340 starts. He's banked $322,408 lifetime.   Seton Hall accomplished his victory despite starting from the nine post in the $4,000 claiming event and paid $41.20 to win.   by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park        

Pompano Beach, FL...November 28, 2013...In a field oozing in depth and class, Pure Barre, making her Pompano Park fall debut, eked out a brave 1:56.2 win in the $10,000 Open 1 Trot for Mickey McNichol in a three horse photo.   The five year-old daughter of Classic Photo and the only distaff resident in the field, made a gutsy quarter move to the lead and held off the serious late charges of both Jessesjo (Ed Hensley) and Andover America (Bruce Ranger) to score by a neck.   Lugar was fourth while Illusionsndreams earned the minor award in the field of nine.   For Pure Barre, owned and trained by Tom Gonsalves, it was her eight success of the year and pushed her seasonal bounty to $85,405.   After the race, McNichol said, "You know, when I was looking over the program and looking at the competition, I said, 'hey, this is a pretty heavily stacked field ($2.6 million in combined earnings) and they had all been racing pretty good lately,' so I was just out there to get as much as I could for Tom (trainer-owner Gonsalves).   "She felt very strong leaving and seemed like she wanted to roll so I gave her the chance and she just did this all on her own."   The field not only consisted of trotters with aggregate lifetime earnings of $2.6 million, but drivers with 42,000 lifetime wins and $225,000,000 in earnings for their owners.   As fifth choice in the wagering, Pure Barre was off at 10 to 1 on the board and returned $23.60 to her $2 backers.   In the $9,000 Open 2 Trot, She's All In, owned, trained and driven by Rick Plano, found some room along the pylons in deep stretch to score a half length victory over HP Forte (Mark O'Mara) in 1:55.3.   Surface Tension (Dan Daley) finished third with Adenium and Blushing Hanover also earning checks.   She's All In, a consistent daughter of Revenue S, now has a scorecard reading 8-14-2 in 38 starts, good for $72,645 in 2013 earnings. She paid $10.60 as the third choice in the win pool.   In a post race interview, Plano said, "She's just a tough, tough mare. You know, there's a little bit of skill and a little bit of luck in this sport and I was lucky enough to find some room inside. I don't think I touched her once in the lane. She did this all by herself."   Finally, in the $8,400 Open 3 Trot, Hauck Racing Stables CJ's Rascal, handled by Ed Hensley, went up to take the lead right at the :28 opener and led the rest of the way, scoring a handy 1:56 win over pocket-sitting Spring Goal (Rick Plano) with Dream Lake (Matt Romano) third.   Thekeptman finished fourth while Zuerest, overcoming a second tier post and miscue early, picked up the "nickel."   For CJ's Rascal, a six year-old altered son of CJ's Secret, it was his fifth win of the year pushing his 2013 earnings to $54,306. As the 3 to 5 public choice, CJ's Rascal paid $3.20 to win.   On Saturday night, November 30, the track will host the F.S.B.O.A. Super Night, featuring over $425,000 in purses. A free t-shirt giveaway is also on tap while supplies last.   Pompano Park also announced that, beginning Sunday, December 1, in cooperation with the USTA's strategic wagering program, the track will offer a guaranteed $5,000 Pick 4 pool on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday programs.   by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park                

Franck Leblanck has a good chance to pick up two UET Masters series races on Saturday,with his brilliant Criterium des 5 Ans winner Up And Quick looking well placed in the Prix Doynel De Saint-Quentin, a race for 5YOs on Vincennes "great" track on Saturday The Buvetier d'Aunou stallion was second to Uhlan du Val in the Prix de Bretagne last start but his opponent will not be in the field this time and even with a 25m handicap, the record-breaking bay has the class to win this especially in the hands of master reinsman Jean Michel Bazire. Up And Quick was simply stunning in the Criterium des 5 Ans, when he shattered the race record, recording a time of 1.11.5 for the 3000m (1.55MR). And he will meet his main rival on equal terms with Univers De Pan also starting off the 25m mark. Philippe Daugeard's son of Kenya du Pont has been in vintage form himself this year, having won five of his eleven starts this year, three at this group two level, and has only once finished outside the top three, which was at his last start at Mauquenchy, which was his first start in three months. Swedish hopes will Sören Lennartsson's former Trav-Oaks winner Vincennes, although she has not won since a victory in the Solvalla Grand Prix, a little more than 12 months ago, and she was in truth disappointing in her last start in the Mares Championship at Aby last start. There are several Italian-bred horses here, including group one winning mare Oibambam Effe, which is trained by Salvatore Carro, a former Continentale Filly winner who also won a heat of the Lotteria last month and was a gallant third in the final to the heavyweights Mack Grace Sm and Commander Crowe.   The best of the others looks to be Vincent Martens' Italian Derby winner Olmo Holz, a son of boom sire Uronometro in the field who was a winner of the Prix de Provence at Vincennes over 2700m in August, and a fifth place in the European 5YO championship also on this track last start in October. That was a field that was considerably stronger than this and he would not have to be much better to get some of this. PRIX DOYNEL DE SAINT-QUENTIN Vincennes 30/11/13 (Group 2) UET Masters Series 2850m 5YO €120 000 1 Orient Horse (h Abano As - Irma Del Rio) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2 Olimpus Caf (h Varenne - Evoila' Caf) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Jean Etienne Le Bec 3 Un Charme Fou (h Love You - Ma Crown) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Franck Leblanc 4 Oibambam Effe (m Classic Photo - Etna Sec) Dr: Andrea Guzzinati Tr: Salvatore Carro 5 Unabella Perrine (m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 6 Ulk Medoc (h Karikal - Organza Haut Gilet) Dr: Franck Corbineau Tr: Lionel Cesar 7 Olmo Holz (h Uronometro - Veuve du Kras) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Vincent Martens 8 Une Fille d'Amour (m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 9 Vincennes (m Spotlite Lobell - Lina Trot) Dr: Johanna Lindqvist Tr: Sören Lennartsson 10 Univers de Pan (h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Daugeard Tr: Philippe Daugeard 25m 11 Up And Quick (h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 25m by David Sanders for

Rossini and driver Peter Wrenn cruised to a 1:55.3 victory in the $110,000 Galt Stake for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Friday night, Nov. 15 at Maywood Park. The son of Classic Photo-Beverly Crusher is trained by Jim Raymer for the Harbor Racing Stable, LLC of Houston, Texas, and picked up his tenth win of the season in 22 starts. His seasonal earnings now stand at $213,250 and his career bankroll at $231,843. “It was a pretty easy task once we got out of the gate,”said winning driver Peter Wrenn. “I was a little concerned up the backside as I thought I might get bottled out, but this horse is really tough and I don’t think he’s gone too many poor races. Jim (trainer Raymer) is a great horse trainer and this horse is very tough and he handles the turns really well and that’s a bonus. This horse just isn’t going to quit.” Rossini finished half a length in front of Dewycolorintheline (Corey Callahan), with Pine Credit (Lewayne Miller) notching third-place money. Dewycolorintheline took the early lead to the :28.3 firstquarter and to the :58 half, before the hard-trying Lindy’s Tru Grit pulled first over, challenging the leader at the 1:26.4 three-quarter marker. Creampuff Macdaddy (Jody Jamieson) then wen tthree-wide around the final turn, while Rossini went past the tiring Lindy’sTru Grit to prevail by half a length. by Kimberly A. Rinker for Maywood Park  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 1, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all duly authorized--were won by a pointed-to-the-passing lane Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears, $2.60) a two-move Zooming (Jason Bartlett, $7.20). Late to the dance in her last two starts, Royal Cee Cee N was in this game at the outset. Making the first lead from post position No. 5, the 3-10 choice gave it up to last week's winner, Rock N Load (Dan Dube) right at the :27.1 opening quarter-mile. After a cheap, 29-second next interval (:56.1 half), Marty Party (Jason Bartlett) moved from fourth, with Ginger and Fred (George Brennan) in behind. It was Rock N Load leading in the out of the 1:24.3, up a length entering the lane. The people's choice was all dressed up in her after-Halloween best, waiting for her close-up. She ducked inside, went past the lead and getting the best of a wide Ginger and Fred by a head 1:53.2. Third went to Rock N Load, with Mary Party and Dawn's Legacy (Jordan Stratton) grabbing the minor moolah. For Royal Cee Cee N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Christian Cullen owned and trained by Mark Harder, it was her eighth win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $12.60, with the triple returning $56.50, The weekly trotting feature saw Zooming, from post No. 4 (in one notch after an inside defection), made a second move to work around Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland). Zooming made the lead before a :27.3 opening two furlongs, then rated a comfy :57.4 half. It was 3-2 choice DW's NY Yank (Brennan), who had left into a three-hole,. moving again. Meanwhile, Zooming maintained the lead through the 1:26 three-quarters, widening to 2 1/2 lengths turning for home. He prevailed by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:54.1. Lorenzo held second with a flattening "DW," with Whata Winner (Steve Smith) and Super Manning (Dube) earning the small change. Returning millionaire Little Brown Fox (Sears) broke early as the second choice. For third choice Zooming, a 5 year-old Classic Photo gelding trained by Amber Buter for co-owners Stephen Oldford, Oldford Farms and Tyler Buter, he's now 10-for-32 this season. The exacta paid $59, the triple returned $281 and the superfecta paid $1,227. Saturday night features finals for both the 58th Messenger Stakes ($450,000) and Lady Maud ($176,684), premier events for 3-year-old pacers. The former, third jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, goes as the eight race...1- Odds On Equuleus (Corey Callahan, 8-1), 2- Ronny Bugatti (Jason Bartlett, 6-1), 3-Word Power (Brennan, 6-1), 4-Good Day Mate (Eric Goodell, 10-1), 5-Twilight Bonfire (Tim Tetrick, 8-1), 6-Lonewolf Currier (Sears, 5-1), 7-Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras, 3-1), 8-Lucan Hanover (Dave Miller, 4-1). The Lady Maud, carded as the sixth race...1-Certified Ideal (Jim Pantaleano, 12-1),2-Handsoffmycupcake (Dube, 8-1), 3-Antigua Hanover (Bartlett, 10-1), 4-Charisma Hanover (Gingras, 7-5), 5-Scandalous Hanover (e) (Miller 3-1, 6-Live Entertainment (Sears, 12-), 7-Parlee Beach (e) (Tetrick, 3-1), 8-Jerseylicious (Callahan, 10-1). Note that Scandalous Hanover and Parlee Beach raced as a coupled entry. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

NEW KENT, VA --- Blueridge Adalia and Candid Photo won Virginia-bred divisional titles for the second straight year Sunday as three year olds as Colonial Downs closed out its 16th annual fall harness racing season with the $380,000 "Day of Champions" card. Morgan Hagerman's Blueridge Adalia captured the two year old filly pacing title a year ago and wired the field in Sunday's title race as a sophomore in 1:53.0. The Badlands Hanover filly was driven by Chris Page, one of four Virginia-bred wins that Colonial's leading reinsman scored. Page also guided Candid Photo to a 20 length triumph in the colt/gelding trot in a lifetime best 1:57.0. The Classic Photo gelding came first over in the turn and surged past Flaming Yankee for trainer Jane Dunavant. Dunavant also won the three year old filly trot with I Concur, who made up for a break in last week's prep race to score a convincing five length victory in 1:57 4/5. Eloise Eden, who won that prep by 13 lengths, broke stride at the start, regained the lead through the turn, but faultered in deep stretch and took second. Mark Gray's Southern Hoss won the three year old colt/gelding trot. The The Panderosa gelding wired the field in the prep last week and duplicated the feat Sunday, beating The Virginian by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:53 4/5. Chuck Perry directed the effort for owner Anne McDonald, who won another Virginia-bred divisional title with freshman filly trotter Always Quick Star. Handsome Jim and Perfect Number battled for the second straight week in the two year old colt/gelding category but their fortunes were reversed in the $51,475 final. Freddy Darby's Perfect Number won the prep by a head over Jimmy Viars' Handsome Jim in 1:56 2/5 but the order went the other way Sunday after a thrilling quarter mile match race of sorts between the two after they pulled away from the six other competitors. Handsome Jim led throughout and won by a half length in 1:58 1/5. A Christmas theme carried through the other pair of two year stakes as Jingle Bells won the colt/gelding trot in 2:03 2/5 for trainer/driver William Long while Santa Baby scored in the filly pace in 1:56 3/5. by Darrell Wood for Colonial Downs  

NEW KENT, VA ---  Candid Photo, Eloise Eden and Blueridge Adalia, champion two year old Virginia-breds in 2012, each won their respective three year old prep races last weekend in advance of this Sunday’s 16th annual Virginia Harness “Day of Champions” program at Colonial Downs.  A total of $380,000 in purse monies will be up for grabs among eight freshman and sophomore divisions in the fifteen race card.  Candid Photo wired a modest field in the colt/gelding trot last Sunday in a lifetime best 1:57 4/5. The Classic Photo gelding triggered quarter panels of :29 2/5, :59 1/5 and 1:27 4/5 before crossing 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Flaming Yankee. Candid Photo is co-owned by trainer Jane Dunavant and Katherine Smith. Dusty Sea was second and Flaming Yankee took third. Sunday’s $45,800 final leg will be a non-betting race at 12:20 PM.  Eloise Eden was dominant as a two year old and coasted home to an easy thirteen length romp  in the filly trot prep. The Ken Warkentin filly shot to the front as the starting gate wings closed and never looked back, leading by six at the quarter and eight at the half. Betting choice I Concur, fresh off back to back wins by ten-plus lengths, held second through the third fraction but went off stride in mid-stretch after starting to gain ground on the leader. Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. guided Eloise Eden to fractions of :27 4/5, :56 2/5 and 1:25 2/5, and with no one close in the stretch, coasted home in 1:56 1/5. She is trained by Thomas Litt for Mark Bowser of Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlie Norris will drive Eloise Eden in the $49,400 finale in Sunday’s sixth race.   Blueridge Adalia grabbed the pocket early in the filly pacing prep but just after the first fraction, came outside and passed Miss Sowo, then continued a front stepping trip en route to an easy four length win in 1:54 1/5. Reinsman Chris Page, who also guided Candid Photo’s Virginia-bred triumph, led the Badlands Hanover filly for trainer Morgan Hagerman and owner Herman Hagerman. Miss Sowo held on for second while get Party Perfect was third. Page will again direct Blueridge Adalia from post six Sunday in the $48,200 final.  In the 3 year old colt/gelding pace warmup, Mark Gray’s Southern Hoss went coast to coast and beat five others including his stablemate Stately Man. The The Panderosa gelding cut panels of :27 3/5, :56 3/5 and 1:25 1/5 before winning his second race ever in a lifetime best of 1:53 1/5. The mark shattered his prior mark by over three seconds. Charles Perry, who drove Southern Hoss for owner Anne McDonald, will be back in the sulky in Sunday’s $47,400 finale. The “Day of Champions” competition for two year olds will include the $51,475 colt/gelding pace and $48,150 filly pace as part of the pari-mutuel card, while the $46,375 filly trot and $42,450 colt/gelding trot will be non-betting races at 12:30 and 12:40 PM respectively. Last weekend’s 2 year old prep in the colt/gelding pace division was the most exciting of the eight. Freddy Darby’s Perfect Number edged Jimmy Viars’ Handsome Jim and Leon Harris’s Little Leon by a head and half length respectively in a 1:56 2/5 blanket finish. The winner, an Art Official gelding, is the 9-5 early favorite Sunday and will be driven again by Corey Braden. Santa Baby surged past front stepping Blueridge Princess coming out of the turn in the filly pace prelim last weekend then coasted home to a four length triumph. Chris Page drove the Three Olives filly to victory for trainer Lorie Davis in 1:55 2/5. Santa Baby is the heavily favored early choice at 4-5. Luring Miz Daisy wired the field in the filly freshmen trot while Jingle Bells matched that feat in the male category. They crossed respectively in 2:05.0 and 2:07 2/5 for trainers Renfrow Hauser and William Long. Both will face modest size fields again and thus are part of the early non-betting races. Four fillies have entered that championship while only a pair of geldings will square off in the male trot.     Gates open Sunday at 12 Noon and post time for the first of a dozen pari-mutuel races is 1:00 PM. Sunday also marks the final day of racing at Colonial Downs for the 2013 season.  by Darrell Wood for Colonial Downs  

The start of a great day of European trotting is underway at Napoli (Italy) with Grand Prix Lotteria Eliminations (each 20,900 euro purse, 1600 meters autostart) on the record with consolation and final to follow. Elimination #3 went to legendary Commander Crowe (10g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell) in 1.11.3kr for Franck Nivard. The Commander defeated the great Italian mare Linda di Casei (8f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm) with Allesandro Gocciadoro aboard and Langdon Griff (8m Varenne-Meadowbranch Nan) ended third. Elimination #1 went to 43/1 longshot Oibambam Effe(5f Classic Photo-Etna Sec) for Andrea Guzzinati in 1.11.1kr. The pair easily triumphed over Napolean Bar (6m Varenne-Delmazia) and Enrico Bellei with Marlon OM (7g SJs Photo-Zelata OM) third for Roberto Vecchione. Elimination #2 produced an expected victory for Italy’s top trotter Mack Grace SM (by CCs Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal)) and driver Roberto Andreghetti in a quick 1.10.8kr (fastest of the eliminations). Moses Rob (7g Ganymede-Etoile Rob) was second with Marielles (7f Kick Tail-Egida Play) taking third with Franck Nivard up. The soon to come final will be worth 300,300 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks for  

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